Image Source : AP Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan
The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has become a headache for the government. He is continuously returning the bills coming from the Parliament for amendment. The government of Pakistan has been troubled by this. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif is unable to find any solution to this attitude of the President. In the latest case, Arif Alvi on Sunday returned a bill to Parliament to amend anti-corruption laws with the observation that a similar amendment has been challenged in the Supreme Court and is still under consideration. ,
The ‘National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2023’ was passed by the Parliament earlier this month and sent to President Alvi for his assent. The Bill not only empowers the head of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to transfer corruption cases involving allegations of less than Rs 50 crore to the concerned agency, authority or department, but also to close pending inquiries and investigations Is. In a tweet, the President’s Office said, “The President has returned the Bill to Parliament under Article 75 of the Constitution (President’s assent to Bills).” It added that the President said that the matter of the previous amendment to the NAB law is already pending in the Supreme Court and that any change in the accountability laws should be reviewed once again without reviewing the implications of a pending case. Needed
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The government last year passed the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act 2022 to restrict NAB’s role in corruption cases above Rs 50 crore and take away the President’s power to appoint accountability court judges. The law reduced the four-year terms of the NAB president and the bureau’s prosecutor general to three years. Alvi had refused to sign the bill and it became law after a joint session of Parliament cleared it on June 10 last year. However, former Prime Minister Imran Khan has challenged this in the Supreme Court, the decision on which is pending.
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